Today's Games

October 28, 2006

No. 19 Oklahoma (5-2) @ No. 23 Missouri (7-1)

Where -- Columbia, Mo.

When -- Noon

TV -- Ch. 7

Line -- Missouri by 1 1/2

Outlook -- Defense has center stage in this game, in which Missouri aims to maintain hopes for its first conference title since 1969. The Sooners have allowed only 15.9 points per game, while Tigers opponents have been limited to 14.6 ppg. Oklahoma has been less explosive without former Heisman hopeful Adrian Peterson - 271 yards of total offense against unranked Colorado is a bit pedestrian. On the flip side, the Sooners likely have the best defense Missouri will have played this season.

Miami (5-2) @ No. 21 Georgia Tech

Where -- Atlanta

When -- 3:30 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 2, 7

Line -- Georgia Tech by 5

Outlook -- Miami isn't the only team in this matchup with unpleasant memories to erase. The Yellow Jackets still have their dignity and a lead in the ACC Coastal, but allowed No. 10 Clemson to rough them up during a 31-7 defeat last weekend.

Christian Ewell

Towson (5-2) @ Delaware (4-3)

Site -- Delaware Stadium, Newark

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 89.7 FM

Last year's result -- Towson won, 35-31

Series record -- Delaware leads 4-3

Outlook -- This is a vital game for the postseason hopes of both squads, who are tied with 2-2 Atlantic 10 records. It could be another shootout like last year's game at Towson, when the Tigers scored twice in the final four minutes to pull out their first league victory. Delaware, whose three losses are by a total of 13 points, and Towson have combined for nearly 3,500 passing yards, and both sides have a wide array of receivers for QBs Joe Flacco and Sean Schaefer to hit. Towson will be missing an important defensive cog, Brian Bradford, out with a knee injury, and has been having problems in the kicking game.

Virginia Union (6-2) @ Bowie State (4-4)

Site -- Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time -- 1 p.m.

Last year's result -- Bowie won, 42-14

Series record -- Virginia Union leads 13-8-1

OutLook -- High-scoring Virginia Union has a four-game winning streak and is averaging nearly 40 points per game over its past five. The Panthers will encounter the CIAA's top-rated defense in this one and a ball-control offense led by the league's No. 1 rusher, Nathaniel Queen (104.4 yards per game).

Westminster, Pa. (2-5) @ Frostburg State (1-5)

Site -- Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 91.9 FM

Last year's result -- Frostburg won, 16-13

Series record -- Westminster leads 8-2-1

Outlook -- The Bobcats celebrate homecoming, but they are 0-5 in Frostburg with their only win coming last week on the road on a blocked punt with two minutes left. Frostburg has won its past two homecoming games by a combined 67-9, but is averaging only 6.3 points per game this season.

Wesley (7-0) @ Salisbury (3-4)

Site -- Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 1320 AM

Last year's result -- Wesley won, 63-19

Series record -- Wesley leads 9-7

Outlook -- There is still an outside chance for Salisbury to claim a share of the Atlantic Central Football Conference title, but it must beat the powerful Wolverines, ranked No. 5 nationally in Division III. That means stopping the passing combination of Chris Warrick (1,576 yards, 17 TD passes) and Jason Schatz (31 catches, 403 yards).

McDaniel (3-4) @ Franklin & Marshall (2-5)

Site -- Sponaugle-Williamson Field, Lancaster, Pa.

Time -- 1 p.m.

Radio -- 1470 AM

Last year's result -- Franklin & Marshall won, 17-14, in overtime

Series record -- Franklin & Marshall leads 21-16-2

Outlook -- The Green Terror hopes for a continuation of an attack that woke up last week in a victory over Randolph-Macon. QB Brad Baer threw for a career-high 235 yards, and three freshmen scored for the first time. The Diplomats counter with the top-rated passing offense in the Centennial Conference (199.7 yards per game).

Johns Hopkins (3-4) @ Ursinus (5-2)

Site -- Patterson Field, Collegeville, Pa.

Time -- 1 p.m.

Last year's result -- Ursinus won, 21-17

Series record -- Hopkins leads 28-16-4

Outlook -- Ursinus was the first team to beat Hopkins after it had started 7-0 last fall. The Blue Jays still have slim hopes of tying for their fifth straight Centennial crown, but they need a win against the Bears. RB Andrew Kase became the first freshman in school history to run for 100 or more yards in two straight games.

Morgan State (4-4) @ Florida A&M (4-3)

Site -- Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

Time -- 3 p.m.

Radio -- 88.9 FM

Last year's result -- Florida A&M won, 27-16

Series record -- Florida A@M leads 17-3

Outlook -- The winner of this game will remain in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship chase after Hampton lost last week. Both have two league defeats. The Rattlers' past five games have been decided by a touchdown or less, and they boast a potent offense. RB Deitric Henry is averaging 8.2 yards per carry and QB Albert Chester has thrown for 1,457 yards and nine TDs, mostly to Roosevelt Kiser (51 catches, 649 yards). Morgan must rebound from a dull outing without WR Rodrick Wolfe, who is suspended for this game after being involved in a sideline altercation.

Kent Baker

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